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Does a Smoke Ring Always Equal Good BBQ?

Why can't you get a smoke ring in an electric smoker? There's just as much wood smoke in an electric smoker as there is in any other kind of smoker.

Nov 04, 2012
Champ in Features

Pretzel Sausage/Hot Dog Buns?

You'll find them in the Hall of Discontinued Trader Joe's Products.

They were really good, too.

Sigh.

Sep 13, 2012
Champ in San Francisco Bay Area

Bulk instant yeast

Yes, I get brick packages of saf-instant "red" at S&F. Good yeast -- it has never failed me, and it seems to keep for a long time (a year or more) in the fridge.

Aug 27, 2012
Champ in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick lunch in San Mateo near the fairgrounds?

Yeah, it happened fast -- I'm pretty sure the whole "going out of business sale" and subsequent decampment occurred entirely between the time you and I exchanged posts a month ago and now.

Too bad. They were a decent source for takeout and the occasional odd non-supermarket Middle Eastern grocery or spice item: sumac, decent feta, bulgur, rose water, etc.

I'm not too surprised because I rarely saw other people shopping there, but I live in the neighborhood and work elsewhere so I had just assumed weekday lunches kept them going.

May 30, 2012
Champ in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick lunch in San Mateo near the fairgrounds?

Little Biscuit House's space is still occupied by the catering business that used to run the restaurant, I think, so it has just gone from a restaurant to perhaps a prep space.

The deli's space is empty and I haven't seen any sign of life (I live in the neighborhood and drive down that block every morning as I go to work). I think the paper taped to the inside of the door regarding the deli's closure is still there, and it has been like that for a number of months now.

Apr 25, 2012
Champ in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick lunch in San Mateo near the fairgrounds?

The Italian deli is also closed. Makes the neighborhood sound like it's in bleak shape, but it isn't really! The chicken place (Little Biscuit House) started off promising but declined IMHO, and the deli was more or less just a typical sandwich place.

I'll put in another vote for Alhana Foods. Decent, inexpensive, and definitely quick. I like their falafel if it's freshly fried.

Apr 25, 2012
Champ in San Francisco Bay Area

The Counter Burger -- Anyone tried? [moved from SF Bay board]

When I drove by on Monday it still had a "COMING SOON" banner hanging across the storefront.

Aug 03, 2006
Champ in Chains